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8/28/2013 4:07:00 PM
Shutting down the government is inevitable
Bill Forhan

Eighty House Republicans and 14 Senators are now saying they will not approve a measure that includes funding for Obamacare. The Democrats, the major media and a number of Republicans say it's a stupid strategy that will shut down the government and ultimately the Republicans will get blamed.
Really - well since the Washington elite, that includes both Democrats and Republicans, cannot control spending it's only a matter of time before the government has to shut down. It doesn't matter which party is in charge. Unless things change soon the government will shut down because the current program of spending more than we raise in taxes is not sustainable. And Obamacare will make the problem worse accelerating the day of reckoning.
The usual political pundits like Karl Rove are calling for Republicans to back off and find a different way to win the political war. In fact Rove is saying Obamacare will implode so Republicans should just leave it alone until that happens.
Conservatives need to remember that Rove has successfully convinced the party to support middle of the road candidates for President for the last two elections. It is time to recognize he is out of touch with the American people. Independents won't support a strong right wing conservative he says, but apparently, trying to play Democrat light doesn't work either because the last election proves trying to be Democrat light isn't a winning strategy either.
The last election was the Republicans to lose as the President worked harder at improving his golf score than trying to fix the economy. What Obama has proved is he is economically challenged. During the last election the economy continued to languish despite the Administrations claims that the recession was over. The reality is the growth in the Gross Domestic Product had not kept pace with the rate of inflation, which means the economic output of the country continued to decline. So the Republicans picked a candidate who was technically qualified to address the real problems but he was far too timid to engage a "popular" but technically unqualified President. Result - four more years of stagnation.
The very fact that Republicans are concerned about getting the blame instead of getting the credit indicates the losing mindset that has made Republicans irrelevant. What is needed are bold leaders who are not afraid to challenge the status quo.
The Liberal agenda is failing all around us. Detroit and Stockton are the latest examples, but one doesn't have to look too far down the list of troubled communities to find Wenatchee, Wash. Now listed as 19 on the list of communities most likely to file for bankruptcy.
Liberals want to increase taxes on the rich, but if we confiscate all of the wealth of those who make more than $250,000 per year it won't make a dent in the admitted National debt of $17 trillion. That still doesn't do anything to provide for the unfunded pension liabilities so Fido will have to share his dinner with grandma.
The bottom line is we cannot borrow our way out this problem. The only way we can get out of this mess is to cut spending. The sooner we start the sooner we begin to fix the problem.
Shutting down the government is not the worst thing that can happen. Unless of course you are feeding at the trough of waste and duplication that is the Federal government. Unless we begin to address our financial problems it is inevitable that the government will have to shut down - sooner or later.
The longer we take to address this problem the worse the shut down will become. It's time for some real leadership in Washington. It's time to ignore the cries of fearful and greedy politicians. Its time to begin to eliminate costly and ineffective programs like Obamacare.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Rissman

Thank you Bill. We need to show the so called "Conservative" Republicans where we stand!

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Article comment by: Gregg Taylor


Please read Article 1, sections 7 and 8 of the U.S. Constitution.

Note that only the Congressional House is authorized to raise revenue to be spent. Likewise only they are authorized "To borrow money on the credit of the United States".

The President can not constitutionally do this.

In the past the House has voted to authorize spending beyond revenues raised. Likewise authorized borrowing against the credit of the U.S. Government.

Not paying these bills is parallel to Bill Gates not paying on his credit card balances because he was unhappy with the magnitude of the debt.

Sounds to me The House has buyer's remorse now doesn't want to pay what they've borrowed.

Last time I checked, the United States of America was the richest nation on Earth.

The 300+ million citizens of the USA have the resources to pay the debts their elected officials in the House have charged to us. After WWII, a larger National Debt than this (proportional to population size) was paid down.

Shutting down the Government makes these existing debts disappear how?

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